Northeast Ohioans enjoy Cleveland Metroparks 'Winteriffic' before cold temperatures move in

Residents get ready for weather change

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio - Many northeast Ohioans did not let the impending weather change impact their goal of having fun Sunday at Cleveland Metroparks' "Winteriffic" event held at the Metroparks Chalet recreation area in Strongsville.

Visitors had the opportunity to go on winter bird hikes, walk in snow shoes and build snowmen. Dog sled, snow bicycling and winter survival skill demonstrations were also on the agenda.

While outdoor lovers were comfortable with temperatures in the 30's Sunday, they were also mindful and prepared for what's to come.

Scott Eckelneyer of Strongsville rode the toboggan chutes with his daughter Ashley. They are both ready for the big temperature drop.

"We've got all the winter gear we need to keep on hand. Vehicles are full of fuel. Got logs ready for the fire," said Scott.

"I'm ready for it," said Ashley. "Me and my friends are going to suit-up and build a snowman."

Pat Cardwell, of Parma, and her family constructed a colorful snowman at the Winteriffic event. Pat remembers her car not starting decades back when the mercury dropped below zero. She decided she will take the bus to work this time.

"I turned all the water off in my house for the outside and I opened up the cabinets where the pipes are so they don't freeze," said Cardwell.

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